TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Shanice Love opened her 2019 outdoor track & field season with a nation-leading mark in the discus, capturing top individual honors at Saturday’s 67th FAMU Relays.
Love’s winning mark of 57.82 meters (189-8) is more than two meters further than the next best mark on the NCAA Division I national descending order list. In fact, the Kingston, Jamaica native’s second-best throw of her season-opening series (56.47m) would also lead the nation.
It was the best in-season mark of Love’s collegiate career. The two-time NCAA Championships qualifier and defending ACC champion was competing for the first time since claiming the bronze medal at the Central American Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia in August, where she recorded her lifetime-best mark of 58.40 meters (191-7).
Represented in only a few events at the Pete Griffin Track Complex on the Florida A&M campus, the Noles, nevertheless, turned in some promising results.
Senior Althea Hewitt delivered the only other victory, pacing the 1500-meter field in a winning time of 4:35.78. She was followed across the line by sophomore teammate Katie Bernicke, who was the runner-up in 4:37.92.
In all, 25 Noles made up the field of 29 athletes in the 1500, with 20 establishing new personal-best times in the event. Jennifer Lima (4th, 4:39.95), Nicole McConnell (6th, 4:49.56), Erin Phelps (7th, 4:51.49), Sarah Parrish (8th, 4:52.33), Micaela Torres (9th, 4:57.06), Ella Swigler (10th, 4:57.09) and Elizabeth Cobb (11th, 4:59.17) were the top finishers with personal-bests.
The Florida State men’s sprint group saw some encouraging performances. Freshman Roodolph Antoine’s collegiate debut produced the top qualifying round time in the 100-meter dash (10.72).
Senior All-American Andre Ewers, sidelined by injury through the final six weeks of the indoor season, emerged for the 400-meter dash healthy and second overall in a controlled effort time of 48.58.
Competing unattached, FSU freshman Amani Heaven finished third in the discus with a mark of 45.62 meters (149-8).
The Seminoles will host the FSU Relays Friday and Saturday at Mike Long Track. The Noles will square off against a quality field of opponents on Friday, including Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Pitt and Liberty. The action will begin with the hammer throw at 9 a.m. and the first running event will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Florida State will recognize its seniors at 11:30 a.m. and the evening portion of the schedule will include the recognition of women’s track & field alumnae as part of our year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration of Women’s Athletics.
Admission to the meet is free.